A tour group visits the tomb of President James K. Polk and his wife Sarah Childress Polk on the grounds of the Tennessee State Capitol. Chas Sisk/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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Finding A Place For President Polk's Body To Truly Rest In Peace

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An 18th-century etching by artist John Kay depicts the extra tall Charles Byrne, the extra short George Cranstoun and three contemporaries of more conventional height. Byrne made his living as a professional spectacle and died at age 22 in 1783. Wellcome Library, London/Wellcome Images hide caption

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The Saga Of The Irish Giant's Bones Dismays Medical Ethicists

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Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris is considered the first modern community of the dead. Michel Euler/AP hide caption

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Bodies Through Time: A Historian Traces Our Evolving Relationship With The Dead

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Columbia University's DeathLab comes up with new ideas for honoring and storing the dead — like Constellation Park, the design of which is shown here. Courtesy of Latent Productions and DeathLab hide caption

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